“My Old Dog” author Laura T. Coffey is a self-avowed dog nut and a writer, editor, and producer for TODAY.com, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. A journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories for TODAY.com since 2008.
Hallmarks of Laura’s work are her authentic voice, her compassion, and her ability to get out of the way and let story subjects shine. In recent years, Laura earned first-place writing awards from the Society for Features Journalism and the Dog Writers Association of America, and headline-writing awards from the American Copy Editors Society. The “My Old Dog” book won the prestigious Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America and a gold INDIES Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews.
Before she joined TODAY, Laura worked as a reporter, columnist, and editor for msnbc.com (now NBCNews.com), social issues editor at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, deputy business editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), managing editor of The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, a reporter and editor at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, a reporter at the Peninsula Clarion in Alaska, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) in Florida. Her work also has appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, PBS NewsHour Online, Best Friends magazine, and many other publications.
Laura lives in Seattle with her husband, Michael Wann, their son, Tyler, their two senior dogs, Frida and Manny, and their rescued cat, Obi-Wann Catnobi.
Here are some of Laura’s feature stories about dogs that you may have seen over the years:
- ‘No dog should die alone’: Photographer promotes senior pet adoption (That’s Laura’s story about Lori Fusaro, which led to the MY OLD DOG book project!)
- 9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw
- Xena the Warrior Puppy, rescued from abuse, helps 8-year-old boy with autism
- Deformed puppy, rescued from trash, learns to walk
- Canines dogged in the effort to clear Bosnia of land mines (OK, you probably never read this one … but it just goes to show that even when she was living in Central Europe in the late 1990s, Laura found herself drawn to compelling dog stories. One of the most memorable assignments of her life involved traveling to a Serb territory of war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999 to chronicle the work of mine-sniffing dogs for the Chicago Tribune.)